May the All-Star Game live on forever—for the benefit of The Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc. and all the fans who like to see the NFL champs and the best seniors in the world play ball.
As for the quality of this year's play and the outcome, it could just as easily have been the Chicago Bears in place of the college stars.
If Dan Jenkins wants to eliminate some football, why not do away with a few of those bowl games?
The All-Star Game has outlived its time. This year's 38-0 score in favor of the men was definitely not an attraction for any football fan.
DAVID J. BESSETTE
In reference to your SCORECARD item, "Merger Schmerger" (Aug. 15), we, too, hope the game between the National Football League and the American Football League survives, and we are doing everything possible to see that it is played as planned in January.
However, as we stated several times since the announcement on June 8, this is a total package of which the game is a part. All elements of the agreement between the two leagues are necessary, we believe, to the successful conduct of professional football in the future. This is why we feel the legislation is vital to all aspects, including the game.
Commissioner, The National Football League
New York City
Thank you for William Leggett's stimulating article suggesting interleague play in major league baseball (The Long, Long Season, Aug. 15). To extend the idea, I suggest that two new leagues be formed each year. One would consist of the top-division teams of each league from the previous year. The other would be comprised of the bottom-division teams. This annual rotation of half of each major league would enable the fans to see five new teams and their players each year. The second-division league would offer a better chance for long-hungry teams to win a pennant, which would, in turn, boost attendance and team morale. And the World Series would be a natural, pitting the "underdog-league" winner against the first-division league champ.
JAMES F. GARVIN
Regular season interleague play would reduce baseball to a series of exhibition games.
My solution to the problem of the too-long major league baseball season is simply to reduce the schedule to 153 games, thus nearly restoring it to its traditional 154-game length.
The 162-game season, like the second All-Star Game, the split doubleheader, the obnoxious exploding scoreboard and other new moneymaking gimmicks, is merely a change, not an improvement.
PAUL S. FEIN